Mr Lee's personal artefacts on show at National Museum

SINGAPOREANS will be able to get up close to the personal artefacts of the late founding prime minister Lee Kuan Yew at a new exhibition at the National Museum of Singapore chronicling the contributions of the nation's founding team of leaders.

The executors and trustees of Mr Lee's estate - his children, Lee Wei Ling and Lee Hsien Yang - donated a range of items from his home in Oxley Road, where the People's Action Party was founded.

They include a wooden writing table; two tingkat or tiffin carriers used by the Lees; and language books Mr Lee studied, such as a 1951 publication called Malay Sayings and a 1955 copy of Amoy Vernacular.

Also on show is a scale model of the late Mr Lee's 100-year-old, pre-war bungalow. It might be the only way for the public to get a glimpse into the historic space and its furnishings since he had said in his will that he wanted his home demolished after his death or when his daughter moves out of it.

Called We Built A Nation, the exhibition details the island's first decade of independence. It will be open to the public daily from 10am to 7pm, starting today, for a year. Admission is free for Singaporeans and permanent residents.

It is the largest and most thorough showcase of the late Mr Lee's personal artefacts since he died on March 23. About half the 115 artefacts on show are from his estate.

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